Why do I need a Psychologist? My problems are not in my head!
Simply put, IBS is not a psychological condition, but because it's a disorder of gut-brain interaction, Gut-Brain Therapy can help!
As a person with a sensitive gut myself, I understand the frustration that comes from any implication that your symptoms are in your head. But I also understand that the gut and the brain are intimately connected by the nervous system.
Gut-Brain Therapy is different than traditional psychotherapy because it's designed to target that gut-brain connection directly. So, working with a psychologist on restoring healthful gut-brain function doesn't mean that you have a mental problem; it means you have the opportunity to take healing into your own hands, and I'm just here to teach you how. It's good news, I promise!
And unlike traditional therapy, my role as your gut-brain therapist is more like a teacher, personal trainer, and coach!
Over the course of Gut-Brain Therapy, some people discover that their gut conditions have psychological roots, and some find that once they've experienced some relief from their gut symptoms, other emotional issues bubble up. This is not always the case, but in these situations, it can be helpful to supplement Gut-Brain Therapy with other more emotion-focused psychological approaches, and if that is the case for you, I would be happy to work with you to process those issues.
What specific services do you offer?
Presently, I am offering individual gut-brain therapy in my private telehealth practice. I am in the very final stages of developing Mind Over IBS™ and am planning a June 2023 launch.
Does Gut-Brain Psychology or Mind Over IBS™ replace my medical treatment?
Absolutely not! Mind Over IBS™ or any other Gut-Brain approach does not replace medical treatment. It is designed to be used in conjunction with traditional treatment from your Primary Care Physician or Gastroenterologist and may be part of a team approach that includes traditional and complementary approaches such as nutrition therapy and yoga.
Do you require a doctor's referral?
I do not, however, before beginning any gut-brain therapy, it's important that you work with your Primary Care Physician or Gastroenterologist to rule out Inflammatory Bowel Disease or another organic condition that requires medical or surgical intervention. I would be happy to work in conjunction with your other providers, but I don't require a referral. By working with me, you agree that you are taking responsibility for your health, and I trust you.
What if I have Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Some of the methods I use can help you experience relief if you have been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, however, it is extra important that our consultation is in conjunction with the treatment you receive from your Gastroenterologist.
How do I get started?
Call me at 518-952-1199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started on an individual program, or click here to get on the waitlist for self-directed online training.